Gas needed, not 'Gasland II'
By The Tribune-Review
Published: Sunday, June 30, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
The movie “Gasland Part II” was recently shown here in Pennsylvania, including a June 20 screening at Soldiers & Sailors Memorial Hall & Museum in Pittsburgh, trying to get people riled up against fracking and natural gas production.
I think that's a shame. Every claim the original “Gasland” made has been thoroughly debunked by people who, unlike its producers and director, know what they are talking about.
I have toured a number of drilling sites where I watched drilling, fracking and natural gas production operations. Harvesting this much-needed energy resource in Pennsylvania is a clean, nonpolluting operation.
America needs abundant, low-cost natural gas for electricity and chemical production as well as for industrial, commercial and residential heating. It's a good thing for this region, not something we should oppose.
Marcellus shale drilling supports 234,000 good-paying jobs in our state. Companies producing natural gas have paid over $1.6 billion in taxes to the state since 2006. Why does the movie's director, Josh Fox, want to put these people out of work and deprive the nation of a vital resource and our state of this much-needed tax revenue?
It is wrong for someone from out of state to put all that at risk to sell a few movie tickets. I hope the theaters are empty when the lights go down for “Gasland Part II.”
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